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The Walking Dead Season 9 premieres on AMC on Sunday, October 7 at 9/8c.

It will feature the final run of episodes by Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, as the actor shocked fans by announcing his departure from the beloved series this summer.

“I love this show. It means everything to me. I love the people who make this show,” Lincoln said at Comic-Con in July, adding at the time:

“I promise not to cry, I’ve done enough crying on screen. I’m particularly fond of the people who watch this show…

“This has been the most extraordinary, amazing, and beautiful experience of my career, and largely, because of you guys and the relationship we have here with you in this room and also rooms across America and the rest of the world.”

Will Rick be killed off? It’s very safe to assume.

But we get no indication in the official AMC synopsis of just how Rick will say goodbye.

Scroll down for a look at how the network is teasing the upcoming season; via this official summary and then a bevy of gorgeous character photos…